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2020 Aug 14




The Utility of Percutaneous Balloon Kyphoplasty for Treatment of Traumatic Vertebral Compression Fracture to Prevent Opioid Dependence in a Young Opioid-Dependent Patient.


Vertebral compression fractures are often found in the elderly population with known risk factors. Less commonly, they may occur in otherwise healthy patients following traumatic falls and can cause significant pain requiring opioid therapy. This case emphasizes the use of percutaneous balloon kyphoplasty as an effective treatment strategy in a young opioid-dependent patient as a means to support the return to baseline functionality.